Executive Founder, Way to Wellville
Esther Dyson (@edyson on twitter) is executive founder of Way to Wellville (@WaytoWellville), a ten-year, nonprofit project devoted cultivating community health (not health care) with the ultimate goal of inspiring other communities and policymakers to follow suit. Wellville advises five communities working on their own health initiatives, including Lake County, CA, just north and slightly east of the Summit venue in Healdsburg.
The other communities are Lake County, CA; Muskegon County, MI; North Hartford, CT; and Spartanburg, SC. Dyson is W2W lead for Muskegon, and is actively involved in overall policy and fundraising for the project.
Way to Wellville will measure its progress both year by year and at the end. Its mission is not just to help five small (<200,000 people ) communities get healthy, but to develop and refine business models for doing so and to inspire other communities and government entities to copy its methods. Its motto is "Don’t rent your health. Invest in it!”
Aside from that fulltime role, Dyson spends the other 50 percent of her time as an angel investor, board member and advisor to startups, including 23andMe, Meetup and Yandex.